Arsenal fans poured salt in a gaping West Ham wound with a cruel Declan Rice chant during the 6-0 humbling at the London Stadium.
But that is history since Rice’s decision to leave West Ham for Arsenal. The midfielder’s push to join the north Londoners has agitated many Hammers fans.
On the evidence of West Ham’s spineless, gutless and embarrassing 6-0 surrender to their London rivals it’s easy to see why he did, though.
The London Stadium struggles to generate a decent atmosphere at the best of times.
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Arsenal fans pour salt in gaping West Ham wound
Sunday at 2pm never helps. Neither do the kind of risk averse tactics once again on display from David Moyes.
Any life that was in West Ham’s ground was well and truly sucked out of it by the time Rice smashed home an unstoppable long range effort into the top corner on 65 minutes.
The ultimate insult to round off one of West Ham’s worst ever Premier League defeats.
But Arsenal fans poured salt in the gaping West Ham wound with a cruel Rice chant during the 6-0 humbling.
When Rice was being linked with a move away from West Ham last season, Hammers fans incessantly serenaded him with the chant pleading for ‘more years Declan Rice’.
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Cruel Rice chant hits Hammers where it hurts
Starting at one more year and working all the way through to ’10 more years, 10 more years Declan Rice, 10 more years, 10 more years I say, 10 more years, 10 more years, Declan Rice, playing football the West Ham way’.
Well Arsenal’s travelling fans, many of whom goaded the home supporters by holding Rice shirts aloft throughout the match, flipped the chant on West Ham.
They mockingly sang the ’10 more years Declan Rice’ chant on repeat at one stage to complete West Ham’s misery.
West Ham fans took the moral high ground in the end, though, somehow finding it within them to applaud Rice off the pitch when he was substituted.
If 2023 was a year to remember for the east Londoners – thanks in no small way to Rice and that European trophy win.
Then 2024 is quickly proving one to forget for a winless Hammers side very much on a downward trajectory.